River Bend Farm

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River Bend Farm
River Bend Farm.JPG
River Bend Farm, April 2011
River Bend Farm is located in Pennsylvania
River Bend Farm
Location North of Spring City on Sanatoga Road, East Coventry Township, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°13′47″N 75°35′53″W / 40.22972°N 75.59806°W / 40.22972; -75.59806Coordinates: 40°13′47″N 75°35′53″W / 40.22972°N 75.59806°W / 40.22972; -75.59806
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built 1765
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #

80003468

[1]
Added to NRHP August 29, 1980

River Bend Farm is a historic farm located in East Coventry Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania in a bend of the Schuylkill River near Pottstown. The farm house is a good example of early Chester County construction techniques, being built with stuccoed stone walls and pegged rafters. The farm was owned, but not lived in, by Michael Hillegas, the first Treasurer of the United States. It was also owned by members of the Hiester family political dynasty.[2]

The farm was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

History[edit]

Main article: Hiester Family

Henry Casdorp's family bought 600 acres on "Turkey Point," including the current farm site, on November 28, 1763 from Pennsylvania's proprietors, Thomas and Richard Penn for ₤60. They sold the land for ₤2,400 to Michael Hillegas and Francis Winey on May 23, 1764. The property sold included a house, which was likely a log cabin built before the Casdorp purchase.[2] The new owners, in turn, sold 300 acres sixteen months later to Daniel Hiester who bought the property for his son John.

Site of the recently burned down barn, 2011.

Daniel's sons were active during the American Revolution. His son Daniel became a brigadier general in the Pennsylvania Militia and was elected to the first four U.S. congresses, representing Pennsylvania, and was later elected to represent Maryland. The elder Daniel's son John fought at the Battle of Brandywine, and after the war was elected a major general of Militia. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1806, and John's son Daniel was elected to congress in 1808.[2]

The house has two stories plus an attic. The first two stories have exceptionally high ceilings for the colonial period, 9 feet, 7 inches for the first floor and 8 feet, 11 inches for the second floor.[2]

Another National Register of Historic Places listed site, Fricks Locks Historic District, lies about 600 yards south of the house. Starting in 1974, the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant was constructed to the east of the house, directly across the Schuylkill River.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). ARCH: Pennsylvania's Historic Architecture & Archaeology. Retrieved 2012-11-02.  Note: This includes Estelle Cremer (1979). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form: River Bend Farm" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-17.